Sajad Jiyad is a visiting fellow with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Jiyad is an Iraqi political analyst based in Baghdad. He is the former Managing Director of the Al-Bayan Center, an Iraqi policy institute. Sajad's main focus is on public policy and governance in Iraq and he also works on capacity building of public institutions and civil society organisations through conferences, workshops and training programs. Frequently published and cited in media as an expert commentator, Sajad is also partnered with a number of international organisations and think tanks to provide ground-level research on Iraq and solutions for development-related issues. Sajad’s educational background is in Economics and Politics, and Islamic Studies.
Susi Dennison - 12 June, 2010
The EU's position on Cuba will be discussed at the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council, and the debate is likely to be heated. But beyond the arguments the EU can learn lessons from its relations with Cuba: strong-arm tactics don't work, realism is important, and the EU's approach…
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 11 June, 2010
The Western Balkans are taking steps towards reconciliation, but there is still a long way to go. At the current rate of progress the chances of these countries joining the EU by 2020, as some hope, are slim. Is the glass half full, half empty - or simply too big for Balkan…
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 9 June, 2010
At the end of June Spain reaches the end of its rotating presidency of the EU. Spain's economic woes and the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty have made it a difficult presidency to handle. But there's more at stake: the decreasing influence of the EU on the international…
Anthony Dworkin - 28 May, 2010
Eight years ago countries across the world backed the launching of a permanent International Criminal Court to bring those who commit mass atrocities to justice. The ICC is up for review, starting on 1 June in Uganda. The biggest question on the table is: should the ICC have…
Andrew Wilson - 28 May, 2010
Russian and EU leaders will gather in Rostov-on-Don for their bi-annual summit on 31 May ? 1 June. The geographical symbolism is not good: Rostov is only a few kilometres from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The political mood leading up to the summit seems a little better.
Richard Gowan - 27 May, 2010
29 May is the 5th anniversary of the French ?non? to the EU constitution. The Dutch followed with a ?nee? a few days later. Richard Gowan paints a bleak picture of the Europe that might have emerged had the French and Dutch backed the EU constitution in 2005, and asks: Will the…
Daniel Korski - 26 May, 2010
Pre-occupied with its financial troubles, the EU is no longer paying attention to the Western Balkans. As a result it is losing credibility and influence in a region that may slide back towards instability.
Richard Gowan - 26 May, 2010
Catherine Ashton will be judged on how she responds to her first international emergency. Budget cuts might mean there will be less EU missions to crisis zones under her watch. So where will her first opportunity come from? Africa, the Middle East, or a crisis involving Russia?
José Ignacio Torreblanca - 25 May, 2010
Spain seriously needs to review its priorities in public expenditure, and its attitudes toward education. Otherwise it will go on being that country which a former German foreign minister called "a beautiful country, full of four lane divided highways with no cars on them."
by Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 28th May, 2020
EU member states can find ways to cooperate with Turkey to support stabilisation in parts of the safe zone, without violating their interests and core principle
by Andrew Small - 13th May, 2020
The crisis is intensifying demands for Europe to puts its China policy on a more open, accountable, and values-based footing
by Dumitru Minzarari and Vadim Pistrinciuc - 23rd April, 2020
Failure to strengthen Eastern Partnership states could strengthen Russia and allow authoritarianism to diffuse westward into the EU
by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 21st April, 2020
European governments should pivot to a strategy focused on protecting those societal forces that are still standing and that can help salvage a better future
by Manuel Langendorf - 24th March, 2020
Europeans must help construct the region’s digital infrastructure, to prevent China from popularising its internet governance model there.
by Chris Raggett - 03rd March, 2020
European policymakers should aim to catch up with, and overtake, their US counterparts on anti-money laundering regulation and enforcement
by Amel Boubekeur - 27th February, 2020
The Hirak protest movement has revealed flaws in Algeria’s ruling system, which lacks the tools to reinvent itself
by Cinzia Bianco - 25th February, 2020
Europeans can shift the balance of power in the Gulf in their favour by approaching the Gulf through flexible new frameworks
by Raiman al-Hamdani and Helen Lackner - 22nd January, 2020
The European Union should continue to support development and state-building in Yemen and develop platforms on which southerners can achieve self-determination
by Beáta Huszka - 07th January, 2020
The EU should demonstrate its commitment to the Western Balkans by encouraging countries there to resolve their outstanding disputes
by Ulrike Esther Franke - 18th December, 2019
Failing to coordinate properly in the AI area could threaten future European defence cooperation, including PESCO and the European Defence
The recent Franco-German proposal for an EU recovery fund sparked a lively debate on possible changes in EU’s nature, suggesting that the plan to raise €500bn through common EU debt and hand it out as grants, not loans, marks an important shift in EU policy. But is…
ECFR - 28 May, 2020
What will the future of Africa-Europe relations look like? Will there be opportunities for a renewed partnership? Carlos Lopes, African Union High Representative for Partnerships with Europe and Professor at the Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape…
Fyodor Lukyanov - 27 May, 2020
This week in the ‘Deep Dive into Russia’ we will have with us Fyodor Lukyanov, a professor at the Higher School of Economics and Chairman of SVOP (Council on Foreign and Defense Policy). Lukyanov's talk titled “Russian worldview after pandemic: Nichts…
Kadri Liik - 25 May, 2020
Kadri Liik presented her latest policy brief "The last of the offended: Russia’s first post-Putin diplomats" in a webinar organised by the Rome Office on 25 May 2020. Russia’s new generation of foreign policy professionals brings with them a shift in attitudes…
Mark Leonard - 22 May, 2020
Last year, the European Union published a strategic outlook in which it reviewed China as a partner, competitor and a strategic rival, creating a lively debate about the nature of the EU-China relations. However, this outlook was designed for a pre-corona world. How has covid-19…
Catherine Belton - 22 May, 2020
This week we will have with us Catherine Belton, a renowned business journalist, who has just published a book "Putin's People: How the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West". In the lecture, Catherine will share her findings of KGB networks behind Putin and their…
- 18 May, 2020
Ekaterina Zahariev and Ognyan Zlatev discuss on the Western Balkans’ prospects of EU accession; the EU’s role in the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue and the future of Bulgaria’s accession to the ERM II.